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Football: Australia women's coach sacked before Asian Cup defence

Published on Apr 17, 2014 5:44 PM

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Australia's national women's football team coach Hesterine de Reus has been sacked, less than a month out from the team's AFC Women's' Asian Cup title defence.

Football Federation Australia announced the decision on Thursday following an internal review into her coaching methods.

The players' union, Professional Footballers Australia, had also raised issues about the environment within the Matildas' camp.

"After a review by FFA it was determined that a change in coaches was in best interests of the Matildas programme," FFA chief executive David Gallop said in a statement.

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